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Hoping to have a whale of a time

Hoping to have a whale of a time

I couldn’t quite believe it when the email came through. I am usually wary of anything that starts with ‘congratulations’, thinking that it’s probably a scam. But my finger hesitated over the delete button, and I am glad it did, because it was my ticket for a University College Birmingham adventure like no other.

I am one of a lucky group of students heading out to Tenerife this month to work with the Atlantic Whale and Dolphin Association on a series of projects from cookery to film-making.

We are all feeling a little nervous on a number of fronts: from getting to the airport for a 6.30am flight to how to pack light and what our fellow travellers will be like. There’s also the question of the project we will be allocated to work on. Will we be good enough?

However, I always believe in challenging myself and going out of my comfort zone, so this will tick some of those boxes. And I do get pretty sea-sick too…

But it is a fantastic opportunity and I would like to say a huge thank you to University College Birmingham. It just shows you the benefit too of reading Alice Wilby’s weekly newsletter, because that is where I clicked on the link to apply.

It also demonstrates another good reason to attend lectures. Apart from the fact that you are wasting your money if you don’t turn up for sessions at uni, the selection criteria for Tenerife started with your attendance record and a cut-off over 80 per cent. If you didn’t show up for lessons, you weren’t in the mix, simple as that.

Why is that important? Because good attendance says you are:

  • Reliable
  • Committed
  • Resilient
  • Disciplined
  • Eager to learn

These are all qualities that potential employers will demand and if you are looking for a reference from your tutor, your attendance will be reflected in that too.

So, keep an eye out for more opportunities at University College Birmingham, and you may surprise yourself like I did.

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